How to Make Vanilla Syrup From Scratch

by Kindi Lantz August 10, 2018

A Vanilla Syrup Recipe (and an additional cocktail recipe to use it in)

My mind is boggled by the fact that the word, “vanilla”, is often used synonymously with, “plain”. I see absolutely nothing plain about real vanilla beans, with their rich aroma and spectacular vanilla flavor—they add a culinary shimmer to every recipe graced by their gritty, black, inner-greatness. Take simple syrup, for example. “Simple”, another synonym for plain that can be deceiving. Simple syrup is great for improving everything from beverages to baked goods. But adding vanilla beans will bring your recipes to a whole new, glamorous level.

Here’s a vanilla syrup recipe to prove that simple syrup doesn’t always have to be so “simple”.

Vanilla Syrup Recipe

Ingredients:

Directions:

    1. Cut the vanilla beans in half, lengthwise.
    2. Using the back of a paring knife, scrape the seeds  (or “vanilla caviar”) out of your vanilla beans. It’s the seeds that will be used to infuse your vanilla syrup with that taste bud seducing flavor.

      scraping a vanilla bean

    3. Stir the water, sugar, and vanilla beans together in a small saucepan.
    4. Bring the mixture up to a boil, whisking periodically. Once the boiling point has been reached, turn the heat down to simmer and stir continuously until the sugar has completely dissolved and the syrup is thick enough to lightly coat the back of a spoon.

      Boiling vanilla simple syrup

    5. Remove the mixture from the heat and let cool.
    6. Once your mixture has cooled, use a funnel to pour it into your desired jars.

      pouring vanilla syrup

    7. Sit back and admire your homemade vanilla syrup!

      Vanilla Simple Syrup

Now that you have a gorgeous amber-colored simple syrup recipe infused with Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans. You might be wondering to yourself:

What can I make with vanilla syrup?

I’m glad you asked! Vanilla syrup is capable of lending a sweet, vanilla flavor and gorgeous aroma to anything it is added to. Some of my favorite uses for vanilla syrup include drizzling a small amount over fruit (think strawberries or peaches and cream) and gussying up my daily cup of joe. But, why stop there? I’ve created a lovely, refreshing cocktail inspired by vanilla simple syrup.

Sweet imbibing!

Bittersweet Blues Vanilla Blueberry Cocktail


Bittersweet Blues

A refreshing summer rum cocktail made with vanilla syrup, blueberries, basil, and lemon.

Ingredients:

  • 8 blueberries
  • 5 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon Juice
  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla syrup
  • Soda water to fill
  • Additional basil and blueberries for garnishing

Directions:

  1. Place the basil, lemon juice, blueberries, and ice in a cocktail glass (old-fashioned, highball, or Collins work well).
  2. Muddle ingredients until blueberries and basil are well-crushed.
  3. Add the rum and vanilla syrup and stir.
  4. Fill with soda water.
  5. Float a couple of whole blueberries on top and garnish with a basil leaf.

And just like that, you’ve got a vanilla syrup and a summertime cocktail that will knock the socks off your guests! What other uses can you think of for your homemade vanilla syrup?





Kindi Lantz
Kindi Lantz

Author

Kindi Lantz discovered her love of cooking long before she could even reach the kitchen counters; her grandmother gave her access to nearly every ingredient in her kitchen for her (mostly inedible) experiments. Kindi’s culinary capabilities continued to grow even when she had reached her peak height at just under 5’. Her first job was as a Chef’s Assistant on her relatives’ farm at the age of 11. Throughout high school and college, she worked in a wide variety of restaurants—from American pub food to Japanese, Korean to Cajun, and down-home diners to Italian— and with each, she developed techniques and expanded her culinary expertise. For the better part of 10 years, Kindi managed and even took on part ownership of a gourmet catering company in the Portland, OR metro area—it was there, alongside some of the most talented chefs, planners, and entertainers, that Kindi’s passion developed the most. Kindi is obsessed with only using fresh and sustainably-sourced ingredients in the recipes she creates, which is what led her to SloFoodGroup!


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